Q&A with Midnight Oil Anthology Author, Crystal Cauthier!
Inquiring minds want to know what makes you tick. Tell us about your life.
I love working from home at my three business’, Laying in the sun, traveling, talking to friends and doing crafts.
My life has been full of surprises and hard times. I have persevered to be a successful publisher, promoter, jewelry consultant.
What was your life like before you became a writer, and how did you get your start as an author?
I’m a former Paralegal of 30 years+, An Author, Publisher, Promoter, Marketer, Wife and mother of 5 grown children and 15 grandchildren. I live in Louisville, KY.
Tell us about your writing process. Are you a pantser, a plotter, or something else?
I call myself a researcher as I write Historical romance. I love to find out about, people, places and things.
Do you have a favorite writing project or a book that still haunts your dreams that you would like to share?
I am working on a few things, book 3 in my time travel series. Another Cookbook and a Horror Novel.
Tell us a little about your story in the Midnight Oil Anthology.
The Haunting of Claire Pritchett is inspired by mental illness, horror and deception. It is something I came up with one night lying in bed.
Do you have works in progress?
Yes, another horror story.
What are your plans for your next book?
To have it published in 2019
Do you have an especially interesting research experience to share?
Researching Nero (37 AD – 68 AD) Bust of Nero © Nero was the fifth Roman emperor and the last of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. He is remembered as an ineffectual, neglectful and brutal leader.
How do you stay in touch with your muse?
Meditation is the key to that for me. On the verge of sleep in the REM state I usually have the vivid stories hit me.
What do you think has contributed the most to your writing style?
The fact that I taught myself how to edit and recognize that I love dialogue between characters that is in depth and fun to write.
How can readers follow you online?
Southern Owl Publications Facebook:
Facebook Blog: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMigraineCentral/
Check out both my posts today with interviews from author Taylor Floyd AND Crystal Gauthier!
What makes Taylor Floyd tick?
In truth, my story is sad and cumbersome and not what people what to learn about. However, growing up, as I did, I had books as my comfort and curiosity and from that I had a wonderful exploration of imagination all to myself. I began writing my first book, novel length, when I was thirteen-ish. That book was not only a grand escape from reality, but also my first understanding of what it meant to find your purpose in life. I’ve always been an author. I had my first “story” published in the Young Authors Conference when I was eight. I was born a writer and always have been so. I feel very lucky with my writing process, I’ve always been able to create a story from beginning to end. Obviously, I’m not immune to writer’s block but I have an amazing group of writers that are close to me that stimulate me constantly. The dystopian fantasy series that I’m writing haunts me constantly. It’s the story my mind will never give up on until it’s finished.
My works in progress is a series (A Nightingale’s Tale), a stand-alone novel (The 23rd), and multiple scripts (The Missing), as of now. Any future projects are on hold until my current works are finished. Missing 411 is a huge part of my research for multiple stories. I read, and listen to podcasts or audiobooks constantly. Knowing other stories helps with my writing exponentially.